What is MBF? MBF stands for Machine Builder Forum. This is Control Design's online spot to discuss industrial automation issues such as news, events, work trends, OEMs and any other topics you might want to touch on.
Submitted by Dan Hebert on Wed, 05/06/2009 - 08:34
When times are tough, companies cut back on everything from salaries to travel to new product investment. Is your company cutting back? If so, how? Do you see light at the end of the tunnel, or are these cutbacks in place for the foreseeable future?
Submitted by Dan Hebert on Wed, 04/29/2009 - 08:46
As a machine builder, how do you use remote diagnostics to control and monitor your machines from afar? What are the technical limitations, if any, that are holding you back? Are your customers willing to pay for remote monitoring, or do you use it mostly to reduce your costs?...
Submitted by Dan Hebert on Thu, 04/23/2009 - 11:06
In these tough economic times, machine builder nation is actively seeking out new and often non-traditional markets. One area where public and private money is being spent, and where machine builders and their suppliers have related experience, is hydraulic hybrid vehicles.
Submitted by Dan Hebert on Thu, 04/16/2009 - 08:47
For connections between HMIs and higher level computing systems, Ethernet is one part of the equation along with myriad other standards. For purposes of this discussion, an HMI is defined as a computer hosting packaged software running on a Microsoft or a Linux operating system.
Submitted by Dan Hebert on Fri, 04/03/2009 - 07:56
The stock market appears to have bottomed out. Auto sales were up strongly last month. Everywhere one looks there are signs that the worse is past. Is that what you're seeing in your business? Are there signs of life from your customers?
Submitted by Dan Hebert on Fri, 03/27/2009 - 08:10
Your customers want you to use off-the-shelf products so that they have a part number from a major supplier for future repair and replacement needs. But you want to use customizable programmable controllers because of their flexibility.
Submitted by Dan Hebert on Mon, 03/16/2009 - 18:46
We covered open systems between controllers and I/O in this column late last year, and in last months’ column we discussed open systems between controllers and HMIs. This month’s column will examine open systems at the next level up, between HMIs and higher level computing systems like MES and...
Submitted by Dan Hebert on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 10:52
Over the last few years, green has become an all-encompassing and often meaningless marketing buzzword. But in the real engineering-based world of machine builders, robot builders and their customers – greening the environment is inseparable from saving some green.